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very much. happening now, a deadly day of anti-u.s. rage across the muslim world. we're monitoring events that have u.s. security officials extremely concerned right now. president obama leads the mourners as the bodies of the u.s. ambassador and others killed in libya return to the united states. and mitt romney ramps up his criticism of the president again as the latest polls show him falling behind in several crucial states. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> but we begin with these live pictures. look at this. this is tahrir square in cairo. these are live pictures coming in not far from the united states embassy. once again, the protests escalating even as we speak. earlier in the day it had been relatively -- keyword, relatively, quiet. now seems to be escalating for some reason. our own ben wedeman is on the ground for us. we're going to be going to him shortly. at the same time as these scenes are unfolding, there also have been frightening scenes of violence and hatred directed at the united states and others around the region. it's spreading. and u.s. o
the muslim world this week, sparked by a low budget movie by a mystery film maker. the u.s. embassies found themselves under attack by outraged mobs and in some cases forces fired on mobs with deadly consequences and all of it caused a dramatic shift in the presidential campaign as foreign policy suddenly took center stage. ben wedeman is back in cairo. it seems that this weekend there seems to be a cooling of heads to a certain degree in egypt. is that what you're seeing, ben? >> certainly among the leaders of the muslim brotherhood and in the administration of the egyptian president, there is an attempt to calm down the situation rhetorically. and certainly we've seen in messages conveyed by leaders of the muslim brotherhood and the egyptian president, they're trying to send a message of reassurance to washington. but at the same time they're kind of walking a tight rope between washington and the street here in egypt, where there is anger, where we have seen these protests really going on around the clock. and therefore there's a difference between what we're hearing in english from the
that killed four americans including the top u.s. diplomat in libya was planned in advance. we're also talking with the people behind the controversial anti-muslim film igniting protests that the attackers may have used for cover. we're also watching an important political dimension to this story. mitt romney's immediate criticism of president obama's international policies. i'm wolf blitzer, you're in "the situation room." >>> dramatic developments unfolding. let's begin with some important new developments in the attacks on u.s. facilities in both cairo, egypt. and benghazi, libya. u.s. sources now tell cnn the attack in benghazi was actually planned in advance and the perpetrators used a protest outside the u.s. consulate in benghazi there simply as a diversion. four americans died including the united states ambassador to libya chris stevens. our foreign affairs correspondent, jill dougherty, has been working her sources to get a better idea on exactly what happened. our senior international correspondent nic robertson is monitoring the search for who's responsible. and our pentagon corres
. happening now, violent protests spreading across the muslim world. more u.s. diplomatic posts are undersiege right now after the killing of the united states ambassador in libya. so how dangerous is it now for americans abroad? also, as the u.s. moves to hunt down the killers, libyan authorities make at least one arrest. but was it a mob attack or something much more ominous? >>> and mitt romney's taking heat even from some republicans for his harsh criticism of president obama's foreign policy. is he ready to dial back or double down again? i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> u.s. warships are moving toward libya today as president obama vows that no act of terror will go unpunished. his words. but in the grim aftermath of the u.s. consulate attack in libya which left the u.s. ambassador and three other americans dead, there are still serious questions as to which group was responsible. meantime, violent protests sparked by an anti-islamic film spreading across the muslim world today. in cairo, crowds have again gathered outside the u.s. embassy right now. they've been thr
's still time. and i say, wait for what? wait until when? >> reporter: israel wants the u.s. to commit to a so-called redline with iran. if iran steps over it, they face military action against their nuclear sites. >> those international community who refuse to put redlines before iran don't have a moral right to place a red light before israel. >> reporter: israel wants u.s. support because at some point its own air force won't be able to hit iran's nuclear sites in increasingly hardens underground bunkers. with two months to election day, the u.s. administration isn't anxious to get specific. >> the american people know that the president has said unequivocally he will not allow iran to obtain a nuclear weapon. i'm not going to get into how you unpack exactly what, who, how, when. >> reporter: but not setting a line can also be risky while negotiations go on. >> on the other side of this is if you don't set very clear limits to iran's behavior, you can go on indefinitely. >> reporter: during his recent trip to israel, defense secretary leon panetta was very aware iran has moved ahead
angeles where romney spoke to the u.s. hispanic chamber of commerce. jim, today it looks like romney is reaching out to latino voters. >> reporter: that's right, joe. he's doing just that. but he's also according to his campaign unveiling some of the details of his economic plan. just as voters are starting to pay attention to this election. but there are new distractions out there. namely a campaign blame game that does not go over well 50 days before an election. after a week of gop handwringing over his response to violence in the middle east, mitt romney is rebooting his message, returning to the issue that has driven his campaign from the beginning. the economy. >> it's time for a president who's committed to cutting spending and balancing the budget. and i know how to do that. we balanced the bajt budget in my company and in the olympics. >> reporter: in a speech to the hispanic chamber of commerce, he offered remedies to the deficit he rarely talks about. the retooled approach is backed up with plain language in new ads. >> got to balance the budget. you've got to cut the defi
at the obama administration's evolving attempts to explain who's responsible for the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in libya. is the confusion becoming a political liability? and mitt romney says he has a little secret. you're going to hear him predict he'll win a state most experts think is safely in president obama's column. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we're down to just 39 days until the presidential election. in about 20 minutes the president begins a series of fundraisers right here in washington. those are the only public events on his calendar today. yet this is the same day the president didn't have time for a face-to-face meeting with the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu who's in new york. instead they spoke by phone. here's cnn's white house correspondent dan lothian. dan. >> reporter: wolf, the white house always stresses that the president and prime minister netanyahu are in touch frequently. they downplay any daylight between the two leaders. but they didn't meet face-to-face this week. and so one phone call is getting a lot of attention. p
from obtaining a nuclear weapon. prime minister netanyahu has been pressuring the u.s. to lay down a so-called red line on iran that would prompt military action. at the u.n. he used a prop to drive home his point. >> a red line should be drawn right here. before iran completes the second stage of nuclear enrichment necessary to make a bomb. >> reporter: while some have accused the prime minister of pressuring the president to help gop nominee mitt romney, mr. netanyahu has said his actions are not tied to the u.s. political calendar. the white house downplays any friction between the two leaders and brushes aside criticism that there was no face-to-face meeting. >> the president has met with and spent time on the phone with prime minister netanyahu more than with any leader since he took office. and that is reflective of the importance of and the closeness of the relationship between the united states and israel. >> reporter: the white house would not say if the two leaders talked about the so-called red line, which of course is a key issue. and no specifics on how they will stop iran
moving to the u.s. from mexico as a child. >> they came back to the united states and my dad had to get financial help, the government helped his family to be able to get on their feet again. by the way, that's the way america works. we help people, we get them on their feet. and then they build a brighter future. >> reporter: but the romney campaign is doing more than cleaning up that video leaked to "mother jones" magazine considering what the gop nominee said on the similarities between the president's health care law and his own. >> now he says i'm the grandfather of obama care. i don't think he meant that as a compliment but i'll take it. >> reporter: noting what romney said about the past in the law. >> i will repeal obama care and i'll kill it dead on its first day. >> reporter: one of romney's top surrogates, louisiana governor bobby jindal hopped on a conference call with reporters to sayhe candidate is not trying to have it both ways. >> governor romney's made it very clear, one of his very first actions will be to repeal and replace this bad law. >> reporter: after a rocky co
voters. >>> and a tv first, u.s. marines are giving new details about one of the costliest attacks on u.s. airpower in decades. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> with only 43 days to go until the presidential election, mitt romney is starting to zero in on a handful of battleground states that will decide this election. one of those states is colorado, where romney just wrapped up a rally at the pueblo airport. our national political correspondent jim acosta is standing by live. jim, what happened? >> reporter: wolf, with the calendar shrinking and the debates fast approaching, mitt romney is starting to barnstorm through crucial swing states like here in colorado. he knows he has serious ground to make up. today he tried to do just that on the subject of foreign policy. it's not debate time yet, but mitt romney was looking for one on foreign policy in front of a crowd in colorado. that's where the gop contender laid into president obama for describing the recent unrest in the middle east as bumps in the road on "60 minutes." >> i was pretty certain and continue to be
appearances, highlighting his proposals to try to revive the u.s. economy. however, many republica are grumbling that romney's campaign itself is in dire need of a revival, especially after a secretly recorded complaints that the 47% of voters who support the president are dependent on the government. >> when you express an attitude that half the country considers itselves victims, that somehow they want to be dependent on government, my thinking is, maybe you haven't gotten around a lot. >> this is a campaign about the 100%. i've demonstrated my capacity to help the 100%. >> after listening to a week's worth of criticism of her husband, especially from other republicans, romney's wife, ann, has had enough. >> stop it. this is hard. you want to try it? get in the ring. it is time for all americans to realize how significant this election is and how lucky we have to have someone with mitt's qualifications and experience and know-how to be able to have the opportunity to run this country. >> joining us now, cnn's chief political analyst, gloria borger, and our senior political analys
time. but when they get close to the u.s. these have to shut off. the fcc has banned the use of in-flight phones since 1991 over concerns they'd interfere with mobile phone systems on the ground. the faa has said it's concerned about electronic signals disrupting flight instruments. 20 carriers worldwide do provide inflight service with each plane equipped with its own mobile network. this air bus a-380 has been specially retro fitted with this system where the cabin crew can monitor connectivity. you see the satellite connection, seat connection, seat display, connectivity network and wireless connection. five green lights and then passengers are free to use their cell phones and other electronic devices. and it's safe. according to what other countries that use it told the faa in a recent study. >> we would not jeopardize anything to do with safety and risk. if i look to the future 20, 30 years for sure you'll be able to use your phone on american aircraft over the united states. i don't think that's going -- nothing's going to stop that happening. >> reporter: the u.s. governmen
politically at least in the u.s. going into the election. nor in fact does he want that in practice. the underlying relationship is very solid. the immediate relationship between these two leaders clearly has differences. >> we'll speak in the next hour with the israeli ambassador to the united states. a dramatic moment indeed at the u.n. ron, thanks very much. >>> there's important news out today about jobs. and it may have pulled the rug out from under one of the republican's favorite attacks on president obama. standby. on every one of our cards there's a date. a reminder... that before this date, we have to exceed expectations. we have to find new ways to help make life easier, more convenient and more rewarding. it's the reason why we don't have costumers. we have members. ameran express. welcome in. but porin eczema essentials™ is dient. so it can feel like yore using nothing at its multi-action formula restorevisibly hierthskin in 3 days. neosporin® eczema essentials™ ♪ [ male announcer ] every car we build uskedrenaline pump d pulses quicken. ♪ to help you notust to
decades of playing defense, the democrats now claim they're the party of u.s. national security. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> normally a drop in the nation's unemployment rate would be considered good news, but not today. the government's brand new report shows employers added only 96,000 jobs last month. that's far fewer than expected or needed. and even though the unemployment rate dropped to 8.1% from july's 8.3%, it really isn't a good sign. our chief business correspondent ali velshi here to explain why. explain why if it goes down from 8.3% to 8.1%? >> good question, wolf. the number of jobs created or lost and the unemployment rate. they are not connected. they are two different surveys. the way you take a poll, the government calls and conducts two different surveys. one gives you the jobs created. one gives you the unemployment rate. the problem with the unemployment rate is that it's a percentage of the number of people who are either working or looking for work. not a percentage of everybody able to work. and what we found out is that in august 368,000
is linked to the attack on the united states consulate that killed the u.s. ambassador, chris stevens, last week and three other americans. let's dig a little deeper right now th our senior international correspondent arwa damon in benghazi. also joining us david ignatius, the columnist for "the washington post." david, let me start with you. you have some information, fascinating and intriguing information that the attack on the consulate may have been linked to al qaeda operatives in libya as a revenge plot. what exactly are you hearing? >> wolf, i heard from a source who has good sources on the ground in the libyan underground that the talk there was that the attack on the u.s. consulate that killed our ambassador stevens on september 11 last week was conceived as by the people who did it, an act of revenge to retaliate for the drone attack that killed a key al qaeda operative and planner. i ran that yesterday by a u.s. intelligence official who said that although some of the elements that i'd heard did not check out that they had heard the same thing. they'd heard this talk of revenge f
no place among our united nations. >> reporter: to the world he offered a lesson in u.s. values. first, denouncing the insighting video. >> a crude and disgusting video sparked outrage throughout the muslim world. >> reporter: next, affirming america's embrace of all religions. >> we not only respect the freedom of religion, we have laws that protect individuals from being harmed because of how they look or what they believe. >> reporter: then a lesson in tolerance and the freedom of expressi expression. >> like me, the majority of americans are christian and we do not ban blasphemy against our own most sacred believes. i expect people will call me the most awful things every day. and i will always defend their right to do so. >> reporter: seeing an inflexion point after the arab spring, the president called on the world's leaders to champion the same values. >> there is no speech that justifies mindless violence. there are no words that excuse the killing of innocence. there's no video that justifies an attack on an embassy. >> reporter: and president obama resisted campaign season pr
giving tax breaks to companies that invest in the u.s. >> i assume the president is spending a lot of his time these days gettinged ready for that debate wednesday night. >> certainly in the big mush is the goin to be as he heads to nevada here in the next couple of days and will be preparing as you know his partner senator john kerry who will be filling the shoes in these mock proposals. the campaign doesn't want to talk a whole lot about the preparation. they don't really want a lot of process stories. and they really want to emphasize the fact that mitt romney has been spending time preparing as they try to set expectations very high for president obama's opponent. >> thank you. >>> and we're counting down to the first debate once again, this coming wednesday. our complete coverage begins at 7 p.m. eastern right here on cnn. let's dig a little deeper right now with ron bron steen, the editorial director of the national journal. if you're looking at all the demographics right now, where are the major differences between these two candidates? >> what you're seeing to a surprising extent
literally draws a red line in a dramatic fashion on iran's nuclear program. but will the u.s. do the same? the presidential candidates make simultaneous stops in the same state and even target the same set of voters. plus, the obama campaign combines mitt romney's words with some potentially devastating pictures. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> as of today we're just 40 days away until the presidential election. and for the second day in a row both mitt romney and president obama have been campaigning in the same battleground state. this time it's virginia where both men targeted the same group of voters. let's walk over to cnn's national political correspondent jim acosta who's been out on the campaign trail watching what's going on. another dramatic day. virginia, virginia, virginia. pretty important place. >> that's right. a rare visit to washington for me. but it's good to be home, wolf. all politics is local. so it was no surprise to hear both candidates hit on national security themes today in their speeches in virginia. but the state is much bigger than that.
sags. do some conservatives want a debate about government benef s benefits? does the country need a debate about government benefits at this time? sure. but when you cast these sweeping generalizations -- >> that's why he says the tax messages would not hurt. why would a lower tax message resonate. >> the tax question is an issue too. i hope to ask some conservatives today. here you have a republican candidate telling people that there is a certain number of people that don't pay taxes when republicans sort of aspire to lower taxes generally. so you kind of wonder exactly whether that really appeals to conservatives as well. >> right. it gives the democrats an opening to say a man who shelters his income in the cayman islands, i've heard that more than once today, how can he talk about tax rates. what gives him the moral authority to do that. >> go ahead. >> more broadly the timing. timing is everything in politics. the democrats had a good convention. governor romney had some missteps last week. look at a new virginia poll today, six-point race there. the debates will matter. wit
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election. instead of trying to explain away his secretly videotaped complaint that the 47% of u.s. voters who support president obama are dependent on government, romney's trying to turn the controversy to his political advantage. our national political correspondent jim acosta is covering romney's latest stop in atlanta. >> reporter: wolf, mitt romney is now owning his message that too many americans are dependent on the government. he's trying to parlay a gift he received from the drudge rept into a new counteroffensive. mitt romney is not running from what he said in those hidden camera videos. he's embracing it. >> this is how america works. it does not work by a government saying become dependent on government. >> reporter: the gop nominee is now weaving his controversial riff on government dependency into his campaign speeches like the one he gave at this fundraiser in atlanta. >> 47% people will vote for president obama no matter what. they depend on government very much. >> reporter: less than two days after explaining this leak to mother jones, he published an op-ed in usa today
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in the manufacturing sector, creating jobs for the first time since the 1990s. and an economy that's moving forward again. if we go backward in the direction that mitt romney wants to take us, we're really going to potentially put ourselves in the same situation. >> so unemployment in january of 2008 was 7.8%. it's now 8.3%. >> well, president obama inherited the larger set of problems. and he's been focused on making sure we can fight for the middle class and working families. if you work hard and play be the rules that you'll have an opportunity to be successful. seeshlly he's been doing that with one hand tied behind his back. i thought it was pretty dis disingenuous things to say. >> because he wanted the country to succeed. mitt romney said in my home state, we have to remember what the election is really about. defeating barack obama. he's certainly not remotely tried to help make sure we can move forward. i want to continue you this, but you can see she's back on the floor. she's trying to get a feeling for the huge arena, the time warner cable arena. she was out there earlier doing intervie
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. there was that ralph reed quote in the 1990s, i travel by night, i paint my face, you don't know i was there until you wake up in a body bag, and he was the christian coalition guy. so there is this history. but it reflects two things, the fact that the republican establishment, of which rove has become the embodiment of in some ways, that they want akin out of the race. and there's enormous power in these outside groups. they have that $300 million budget, it's really hard to tell karl rove to go anywhere he doesn't want to go. >> i'm sure karl rove is not going anywhere. new issue of the national journal. excellent publication. you'll be with us here all week? >> hope so. we'll be here in charlotte. >>> mitt romney's son, craig, had a parting gift for one of his brothers after the republican convention. josh romney tweeted, and i'm quoting, now, craig give me a little shock by sticking this thing down the back of my pants while saying bye in tampa. brothers. their mother, ann, found out about it from reporters. listen. >> have you seen the tarantula bug that craig put in josh's pants? >> no! >> josh
romney called it the hangover to the party in charlotte. the labor department says u.s. employers added only 96,000 jobs in august, fewer than expected, although the jobless rate did fall to 8.1%. our chief business correspondent, ali velshi, is joining us now to take a closer look inside the numbers. ali, the unemployment rate went down, but that's not necessarily a positive development. explain what's going on. >> you know, i've said for years that it's just easier to look at the number of jobs created or lost as opposed to the unemployment rate. and i'll explain that to you in a second. but the number of jobs added in august was 96,000. now, if you look at the pattern of jobs that have beendded over the last several months, you can see that on the right, the 96,000. we were hoping for 120. there were some estimates upward of 140,000. but the good news is that it's added and not subtracted. the good news is that the private sector in the united states has added jobs for 30 months in a row. and that's what you'll hear from the white house. here's the bad news. it's just not enough. and
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